Event Details

Language Access for Voters Summit July 24 2018

July 23-24, 2018
Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Arizona State University Pastor Center for Politics and Public Service, and Democracy Fund Voice are hosting the third annual Language Access for Voters Summit at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Washington, DC.

As in years past, the event convenes state and local election officials, advocates, and stakeholders from language communities to discuss critical issues of language accessibility. Speakers will share experiences and observations on efforts to serve voters with language needs. Panelists representing Asian American, Latino, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and additional language communities from across the country will discuss demographic changes, the Section 203 designation process, federal requirements under the Voter Rights Act, voluntary and proactive language assistance, as well as strategies for cost-effective services. Participants will also highlight how emerging trends in election administration, such as the spread of vote centers and new election technologies, are impacting language access. The summit aims to share information, as well as generate new understanding and appreciation between various stakeholder communities.

ASU Barrett & O'Connor Washington Center 8th Floor Event Pavilion:
1800 I St. NW, Washington, DC 20006

TUESDAY JULY 24: SUMMIT DAY | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Newseum 7th Floor Knight Conference Center:
555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
AGENDA for the 2018 Language Access for Voters Summit


In many communities throughout the United States, there are citizens for whom English is a second language or those who simply prefer to communicate in a language other than English. When these individuals vote, United States law may afford them special language assistance.

The annual Language Access for Voters Summit brings together election officials, advocates, and other experts to share ideas, techniques, and resources – all in service of meeting these voters’ needs.

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission & Democracy Fund Voice selected Arizona State University (ASU) as the academic partner for the 2018 Summit. The ASU Congressman Pastor Center for Politics & Public Service will support the Summit by providing event communications and organization functions in coordination with EAC and DFV.

Language Access for Voters Hosts

Nearby Hotels

ASU has negotiated rates with two local hotels. These rates are available, as hotel capacity allows, through the hyperlinks below.

One Washington Circle Hotel
Located six blocks from the Barrett & O'Connor Washington Center (0.5 mile walk), One Washington Circle Hotel offers both an on-site restaurant and a kichenette in each room. The ASU rate includes complimentary wi-fi, daily newspaper and on-site fitness center.

The Normandy Hotel
The Normandy Hotel is located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC, 1.5 miles from ASU's Barrett & O'Connor Washington Center. The ASU rate includes complimentary wi-fi.

Getting There
ASU Barrett & O'Connor Washington Center 8th Floor Event Pavilion

Newseum Newseum 7th Floor Knight Conference Center
* Please come to the 6th Street entrance to the Freedom Forum/Knight Conference Center. From there you will head up to the 7th Floor of the Knight Conference Center.